The Ranking Member on the Defence and Interior Committee Hon James Agalga has stated that the arrest of the self-acclaimed pastor who was said to have threatened to kill the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Mensah was unlawful and against the suspect’s fundamental rights since the Apostle was not allowed to read the arrest warrant.
In an interview along side parliamentary sitting, the ranking member noted that the threats made by the Apostle is condemnable as they are not statements made in isolation.
He noted that a video he had watched had similar statement made by the same prophet in 2015.
He lamented that government has chosen a path which is aimed at intimidating people who can speak out in protest against the dangerous path they have taken to handle Ghanaians in regards to the compilation of a new voter’s register.
The Mp for Builsa North stated that the security officers who made the arrest didn’t take into consideration his fundamental human rights.
He said “the manner of arrest was unlawful, as the suspect was not allowed read the document they claimed as an arrest warrant nor read to him in a case where he is unable to read.
Again indicated that there appears to be some amount of selectivity when it comes to dealing with matters of this nature. He said “we are all in this country when the NPP deputy Secretary, Nana Obiri Boahen and formal Minister of State at the ministry of interior threatened that if anyone attempts to disrupt the compilation of a new voter’s register, they will be beaten up merculesy and even kill” yet according to Hon. Agalga, the state didn’t warrant thier arrest nor were they invitation for questioning.
He further lamented that the recruitment of security personnel who he claim to be party affiliates do not act professional in their line of duty as arrest can no longer be carried out in a competent and professional manner.
He therefore noted that the Minority do not support all inflammatory statement that has the potential to undermine the country’s peace and security of the country.
He urged president Akuffo-Addo to respect the oat of his office as he claim the leadership of the president is dictatorship.
By Mary Quartey